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  • Southern Lights: Films by Pablo Marín

    Pablo Marín in person.

    A prominent figure in the burgeoning filmmaking scene of Argentina, Pablo Marín appears in person from Buenos Aires to present a screening of his personal, lyrical Super-8 films, which—in the traditions of Narcisa Hirsch, Claudio Caldini and Marie Louise Alemann—bring “a structural/formal concern into the realm of autobiographical/intimate cinema” and demonstrate a dazzling proficiency at in-camera composition superimposition.


    Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 19:30


  • Mirror Me - Experimental Selfies

    Everyday millions of hand-held self-portraits, or ‘selfies’, are uploaded on to the internet. With today’s personal technologies, private self-representations-made-public seem symptomatic of Guy Debord's ‘Society of the Spectacle’ or Jean Baudrillard’s ‘Simulacra and Simulation’. Yet for decades, experimental filmmakers and video artists have interrogated questions of self-identity and -referentiality. With the performing body as the site of action produced in relation to the film apparatus and video system, they offer a powerful critique of the male gaze and, in turn, the seeming narcissism at the center of today’s ‘selfie’ culture. A diverse range of artists and traditions have thereby subversively taken up subjective, first-person cinema and issues of self-performance in order to explore questions of identity, power, memory, and the construction of the self. ‘Mirror Me’ presents a selection of musings on the mirroring of the ‘self’ in self-reflexive film and video auto-portraits and personal diary films in order to weave together something of a ‘pre-history’ of the ‘selfie’.

    Curated by Pascal Richard and Christopher Zimmerman


    Monday, July 21, 2014 - 19:30
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 19:30


  • 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival

    The call for entries is now open for the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival!

    The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. The AAFF provides at least $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.

    The 53rd AAFF will take place March 24 – 29, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI.


    Friday, August 15, 2014 (All day)
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (All day)
    Saturday, November 1, 2014 (All day)
  • Dirty Looks: Anger + Rapture

    Films by Kenneth Anger + Ivan Zulueta

    - Invocation of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger, 16mm, 11 min., 1969)
    - Arrebato (Rapture) (Iván Zulueta, 35mm on video, 105 min., 1980)

    Starring Mick Jagger (who also composed its score), His Satanic Majesty Anton LaVey, and Manson Family member Bobby Beausoleil, Kenneth Anger has described Invocation of My Demon Brother as "an attack on the sensorium."

    Rarely screened on these shores, Iván Zulueta's sex and drugs filled cult classic Arrebato (Rapture) is legendary in Spain, where it launched a cinematic revolution, inspiring filmmakers like Pedro Almodóvar (who can be heard in an uncredited dubbing- as the voice of a female character). "He never filmed a single banal image," Almodóvar would later write of Zulueta, describing Zulueta's work as "David Lynch, but less shadowy and more pop." Mixing genre and experimental filmmaking, Arrebato tells the story of a hack horror director and heroin junky who becomes consumed by the vampiric apparatus of cinema. Introduced by Clara López.


    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 20:30


  • 'A to Z of London' (a raw film)

    A to Z of LONDON – a raw film.

    26 episodes linked by recurring characters and themes.

    Materials used: found film footage and home movies.

    Each episode is under 3 minutes in length.

    A to Z of LONDON is mosaic in style. The episodes can be watched in any order.

    The film project is evolving and images will be replaced if and when required.


    Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 17:30


  • Handmade Emulsion Workshop

    Sight Unseen is excited to announce a new series of workshops that will focus on various filmmaking techniques. With support from the 2014 MICA LAB Award and Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Sight Unseen has developed a new workshop series that will host national and international filmmakers, visiting Baltimore to facilitate these workshops at the Current Space Darkroom. 

    Presented by Kevin Rice & Andy Busti of Process Reversal

    In this two day workshop, participants will study the craft of producing black and white, silver gelatin emulsion by formulating, mixing and coating emulsion onto cellulose acetate and various other materials. Theories concerning emulsion chemistry and emulsion production will also be explored in this workshop, providing participants with a foundation to develop their own processes and methodologies.


    Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 12:00 to 20:00
    Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:00 to 20:00


  • Basement Media Fest Baltimore

    Sight Unseen welcomes back Basement Media Fest for a second survey of contemporary artists working with lo-def, lo-tech, and lo-fi motion pix techniques. Founded in response to hi-res commercial media and corporate-sponsored film fests, Basement is a celebration of the mediated experience as an aesthetic experience. Equal parts glitchd digital vidz, fuzzy vhs, and grimy 16mm film, we’ll be presenting a mixd program of celluloid and .movs. Come enjoy some 100 yr old tech in a state of the art converted bodega theater. 


    Friday, July 11, 2014 - 20:00